Basic Helvetia

Tiina Kivelä

It takes a Finnish to appreciate this Swiss end of the year sun like no one else.

And take the most out of days like these.

Literally out, skiing alpine, free or nordic. Or simply walking from the gondola to the nearest stübli or hütte for a healthy portion of älplermagronen, followed by älpler -kaffee.

And talking of the current skiing conditions in central Switzerland and the Alps, for nordic and free there’s not much for a good base yet. At least not in the lower elevations.

But above 1500m it’s enough for some good rounds of nordic and alpine skiing, and a bit for a piste side powder too. And on a lazy sunny day there’s more than enough good views for some walking tours too. And those patio hangs with good food and drinks.

It’s also just enough snow that one isn’t too sad to spent many days a week working. Epic “sick” days are for late season anyway.

Although this Tuesday already was pretty epic.

Trübsee Engelberg Tiina Kivelä

Trübsee Engelberg Switzerland

 

Trübsee Alpstübli Engelberg Switzerland

Trübsee Engelberg Tiina Kivelä

Trübsee Engelberg Switzerland Skiing

Ps. Helvetia (/hɛlˈviːʃə/)[1] is the female national personification of Switzerland, officially Confœderatio Helvetica, the Swiss Confederation.

The allegory is typically pictured in a flowing gown, with a spear and a shield emblazoned with the Swiss flag, and commonly with braided hair, commonly with a wreath as a symbol of confederation. The name is a derivation of the ethnonym Helvetii, the name of the Gaulish tribe inhabiting the Swiss Plateau prior to the Roman conquest.


Where: Trübsee, Engelberg 6390 Switzerland